After reading about Abbaye de Villers after seeing some photos when researching day trips from Brussels, I had to visit this beautiful Belgian abbey! Villers Abbey is located in Villers-la-Ville within French part of Belgium, called Wallonia, and I consider one of the best things to see in Belgium. This beautiful abbey is in ruins, which part of its charm, however keep reading for reasons to visit Villers Abbey, including amazing abbey beer, and beautiful photos of Abbaye de villers.
Reykjavik is one of the best cities in Europe to celebrate New Year’s Eve in. If you’re considering celebrating New Year’s Eve in Reykjavik, I definitely have to write that it’s been one of my favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations so far. Experiencing the bonfires in Reykjavik are a unique Icelandic tradition that make celebrating New Year’s Eve in Iceland truly special.
Mons, Belgium is one of the best day trips from Brussels for those seeking culture and history. Mons is one of the many beautiful cities in Belgium and a great introduction to Wallonia (the French speaking part of Belgium). Although I’ve visited a few cities in Wallonia, I was surprised by the many things to do in Mons and its UNESCO recognized attractions (six!). After a trip to Brussels, it was nice to get off the beaten path in Belgium and discover other things to do in Belgium besides visiting Brussels, Antwerp, and Bruges.
Weddings can be overwhelming, expensive, and exhausting, so eloping with your fiance is a great way to take the pressure off from intensive wedding planning and family stress. (Surprise, I got married!) Read why eloping was right for us, reasons to elope (or not elope), and about the best places to elope! This is not going to be your typical guide to on how to elope. We eloped and here you’ll find the stories of others who made the decision to elope around the world in some unique elopement places. I’ll also be including some tips on how to elope without offending family members, whether to elope or have a destination wedding, how to handle your elopement announcements, what to know in hiring the right photographer for your elopement pictures, and other things to keep in mind when deciding if you should have a traditional wedding, destination wedding or elope.
I loved the National Geographic movies about the ecosystems of the world as a child, so I always dreamed of visiting Borneo. However, Borneo is a huge island composed of three countries, so you need to decide where you’re going to go. I chose the amazing Malaysian province of Sabah due to its accessibility by budget airlines (AirAsia) and the Kinabatangan river for its amazing wildlife. A square inch of land in Borneo is supposed to be more biodiverse than ANY other place on the planet. This Borneo travel guide covers my experience visiting the beautiful Kinabatangan river, advice about the Kinabatangan river packages you’ll find, the Borneo ecotour that I chose, and information about the animals you’ll see in Borneo!
I didn't hear of Texel until I moved to the Netherlands. This beautiful island in the North of the Netherlands (about 3.5 hours from Amsterdam) is a well-kept secret among Dutchies who spend their vacations sunbathing on its clean beaches, swimming into the Wadden Sea, biking along its heather-filled dunes, visiting its seal sanctuary for injured seals, and taking in cute little Dutch towns. Whether you're looking for a romantic weekend away, a weekend birdwatching, or a family cycling trip, Texel is a great weekend trip from Amsterdam or Rotterdam. It's my new favorite summer getaway and I'll be back.
Maastricht is one of the Netherlands most charming cities and it can be easily explored in a weekend. The city is perfect for a slow, romantic weekend away from Amsterdam spent exploring a beautiful cathedral bookstore, strolling the tangled streets, touring historic caves, and eating/drinking delicious regional cuisine at affordable prices. For architecture and food lovers, Maastricht is a city that you will not want to leave off any trip to the Netherlands.
Most people think of luxury when they think of Rhine Valley, however it’s possible to visit this beautiful region without breaking the bank. I absolutely love castles and vineyards, however I don’t have the money for a Viking River Cruise (I wish!). This is a guide to visiting the beautiful UNESCO Heritage site of the Upper Rhine Valley without sacrificing thousands of euros for a river cruise.
The biggest key to getting low prices is to avoid high season: Late May, June, & July. This is when the cruisers are in town and prices will JUMP. I promise it’s just as lovely in the other months and you’ll love exploring uncrowded castles and picturesque little towns.
This is simple: castles, wine, charming towns, and nature. Your trip has gone horribly wrong if you don’t end up seeing at minimum 2 castles while in Rhein Valley. For wine lovers, the famous German Riesling from close-by Mosel & Rhine Valley is cheap and easily available. The beauty of the region surprised me, and there's plenty to do outdoors. Lastly, find out how to save money while staying in a castle.
Karen and Jacob. American expats and cat lovers from New York City and Kentucky who lived in Amsterdam.... Now in Paris!
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